Considerations due to the novel coronavirus and COVID-19

We are excited that your paper has been accepted for presentation at the biennial meeting of the Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP) and/or Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and Engineering (SRPoiSE) to be held in East Lansing, Michigan this July 2020.

Both the local organizing committee and the boards of SPSP and SRPoiSE have been monitoring the spread of novel coronavirus and the measures being implemented to contain it. As of today, Michigan State University has cancelled all in-person classes and there are two confirmed cases in the state.

After careful consideration, we have decided to delay registration until April 16 so that we have more time to monitor the situation before people begin to arrange their travel. Because of the delayed start of registration, we will also be keeping registration open longer.

When the time comes that you make your travel arrangements, we’d recommend that you do the following:

  • Flights/trains: Double-check that the airline or train company provides refundable tickets.
  • Accommodation: Consider the on-campus dorm accommodations or the Marriott block we’ve reserved. Both of these options are fully refundable if canceled before June 14, and we will be working to clarify their cancelation policies after that date. If you choose to arrange your own accommodation (with any hotel or something like Air BnB, etc.), make sure that these are fully refundable.
  • Insurance: Purchase no-fault travel insurance.

Michigan State University is not yet restricting international conferences on campus this summer. This may change, as the health of the community—local and global—is the primary goal of the university.

Right now, we are still planning for SPSP and SRPoiSE in East Lansing, Michigan and looking forward to seeing you all here. We understand and share your concerns and anxieties at this time so please do let us know if you have any questions.

With warmest wishes,

The organizers of SPSP and SRPoiSE